AJ ALLMENDINGER, No. 84 Red Bull Toyota Camry, Team Red Bull Starting position: 5th How was your qualifying run? "It was awesome. The car was perfect. It's been perfect all day. We brought a brand new car here and it's just been fantastic.
How was your qualifying run? "It was awesome. The car was perfect. It's been perfect all day. We brought a brand new car here and it's just been fantastic. Everybody at the team has been working hard. It came down to that I didn't want to overdrive the car because I knew we had a chance to put down a good lap. Knowing how early we went, we knew it wouldn't be a pole lap. But, our goal was just to get solidly in the field -- and that's what happened."
Are you feeling more comfortable and confident? "We are getting better and I'm getting more confident. Atlanta showed where I'm growing as a driver, and where our team is growing. We definitely didn't have a 16th-place car -- we had a 30th to 35th-place car. I'm learning how to survive these races. In Atlanta, I got the Lucky Dog' twice and held onto it. Next thing you know, you end up with no marks on your car and finish in the top-20 -- and that's what I'm looking for. Honestly, six months earlier I would have wrecked at lap 100 just trying to hang on to the car. We're learning and getting better and that's what's important."
MIKE SKINNER, No. 36 360 OTC Toyota Camry, Bill Davis Racing Starting position: 14th
How was your qualifying run? "Our lap was good enough (to get us in the race). I was hoping we would be a little bit better than that, but we got a little tight in turns three and four and I was kind of waiting on it to get back in the gas. I think our Camry will be pretty good on Sunday. It's hard to say without being in race trim. We have a decent starting spot, I was hoping we'd be a little bit better, but we should be okay."
DALE JARRETT, No. 44 UPS Toyota Camry, Michael Waltrip Racing Starting position: 26th
How was your qualifying run? "It was the same car as last week (Atlanta). We didn't quite have the speed in practice. We kept gaining on it -- just like last week -- every time we ran the car we made it a little bit better. There we just threw a couple other things at it and they worked. We got a good draw -- we've been fortunate most of the time with the draws we have gotten. I don't know how much it helped, but it certainly didn't hurt anything. We were able to make a good lap. It's a good race car that we built. We'll take some things we learned at Atlanta and apply it to this race."
Have you thought about this being your last race at Texas? "I thought about it when I drove in here the other day. Obviously, I'll be coming back in other capacities, more than l ikely. It's pretty sad that this will be the last time I race here. It has been a pretty good track for me. I love to race here. The fans are great and it's a great facility. It would be nice to go out on a good note."
What's your best Texas memory? "Winning here in 2001 -- that was the best. We ran here well for a lot of years and couldn't quite put it all together. We made a two tire stop and came out about in fifth-place in that race (2001). We were able to pass guys out on the track and passed Johnny Benson on the outside for the lead. That was pretty exciting to win here."
DAVE BLANEY, No. 22 Caterpillar Toyota Camry, Bill Davis Racing Starting position: 32nd
"I don't know what happened. I thought the car was pretty good, actually. I was shocked that the speed was that far off. I really thought it was going to be a good lap and then I came across the line -- they told me and I couldn't believe it. It's a new car and our practice lap wasn't too good, but I thought for sure we could qualify better. I don't know why we didn't."
DAVID REUTIMANN, No. 00 Burger King Toyota Camry, Michael Waltrip Racing Starting position: 43rd
How was your qualifying run? "It was tight. We never could quite seem to get much out of it today. It was just really, really tight. I'm just glad that part (qualifying) is over. I'm disappointed we weren't any better, but I'm just happy to have an opportunity to race."
MICHAEL WALTRIP, No. 55 NAPA Toyota Camry, Michael Waltrip Racing Starting position: DNQ
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